Cricket: Otago pull off remarkable run chase against Canty

By Cameron McMillan

Neil Broom. Photo / Getty Images
Neil Broom. Photo / Getty Images

Otago completed the highest successful run chase in their history to pull off a remarkable win over Canterbury in the Plunket Shield yesterday.

Competition leaders Canterbury would have been confident of adding another win after setting Otago 379 in Dunedin, but the home side reached their target for the loss of only three wickets.

After resuming on 245-3 and still 134 runs in arrears, Neil Broom and Sam Wells built on the base provided on day three by Hamish Rutherford (96) and Michael Bracewell (65).

Brooms and Wells brought up their 100-run partnership in the first session of the final day as Otago pulled within 38 runs of their target, before rain at University Oval washed away the entire middle session and threatened to deny the hosts a historic victory.

Fortunately for Otago, the skies cleared enough to allow play to resume late in the afternoon, with Wells bringing up his third first-class century to finish unbeaten on 100 and Broom reaching 89 not out.

In the day's other match, Auckland and Wellington played out a dour draw at the Basin Reserve, with persistent rain seeing the hosts decide to bat for much of the day.

When Wellington's innings finally came to a close on 298-9, Auckland were set an improbable target of 299 in 45 overs, with the match called off shortly into the chase.

Auckland remain in fifth place with the result, ahead of only Northern Districts, while Canterbury still head the pack after six of 10 rounds.

- NZ Herald

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